FILM, THEATER, MUSIC
2013 CIAA Toyota Fan Experience The CIAA Fan Experience is a family-friendly event with celebrity appearances by Lance Gross, Yolanda Adams, Lloyd, Bridget Kelly, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, and more. There will also be interactive games, car displays, a fashion show, giveaways and live music. Free. March 1-3. 502 S. College St. www.ciaatournament.org.
3rd Annual Charlotte Black Film Festival. The three-day long CBFF features an assortment of screenings, workshops, lectures and panel discussions, networking functions, and an awards ceremony for works by African-American filmmakers. Feb. 28-March 2. For more information on scheduled events and ticket prices, visit www.charlotteblackfilmfestival.com.
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. The Godfather of Funk returns to Charlotte with his massive entourage in tow. Expect plenty of hits and hours of tearing the roof off the sucka. $35-$60. March 1, 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Mint to Move Cultural Dance Night and First Look Friday. Mint Museum Uptown presents music from DJ Pepito and a dance floor for Afro-Cuban and Latin-influenced dancing such as salsa, bachata, merengue, and cha-cha. Light hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and curator tours of F.O.O.D. (Food, Objects, Objectives, Design) at 7:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Two other new exhibits — Sociales: Debora Arango Arrives Today, and Return to the Sea: Motoi Yamamoto — will also be on view and visitors can watch internationally-known artist Motoi Yamamoto work on a temporary installation made of salt in the atrium. Free admission for Mint members; $10 for non-members; $15 for non-member couples. March 1, 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
The Freestyle Funny Comedy Show. The four-man comedy team, based out of Greensboro, consists of Anthony "Chico" Bean, Darren Brand, G. DeMar "OsamaBinDrankin" Rankin, Sr. and host B Daht. For more information, visit www.theffcs.com. $20. March 1, 6 and 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone Charlotte at N.C. Music Factory, 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.
Unique Alternatives Showkase Comedy (CIAA Weekend Edition). Montee Rogers hosts the "Comedy by the Pound" show with performances by comedian Andrew "Skinnyman" Johnson, D.Moore, Skeeta G, Katrina Pope and Sean Allen. For tickets and more information, visit www.uniquealternativesinc.org. $9 and up. March 1, 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Comfort Suites (University location), 7735 University City Blvd.
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. In Kristoffer Diaz's play, a wrestler named Mace pairs himself with a newbie in an attempt to overthrow the popularity of wrestler Chad Deity and go onscreen as a "terrorists" duo. $18-$28. Feb. 28-March 2, 8 p.m. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 2424 N. Davidson St. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.
The Whipping Man. In this play by Matthew Lopez, a Jewish Confederate soldier returns home to find only rubble and two former slaves. While celebrating Passover, a web of secrets are uncovered that could cost each man much more than their freedom. $26-$31. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.; March 1-2, 8 p.m.; March 3, 2:30 p.m. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.
The Ultimate Hip-Hop Experience Music Festival & Entertainment Summit. This event is a celebration of hip-hop and showcases the four pillars of hip-hop culture: deejaying, emceeing, breaking and graffiti, with performances, battles and more. There will also be educational panels with music industry veterans. 18 and up. For more information or tickets, visit http://ultimatehiphopexperience-es2003.eventbrite.com. $10 and up. March 2, 2:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St.
3rd Annual Industry Addiction. A music and entertainment showcase put on by Street Dreamaz and Love The Truth Clothing, in association with Tremont Music Hall, where artists can network with others in the entertainment industry. Hosted by JKnowTruth with music by DJ Official. For more information, visit www.industryaddiction.com. $7 and up. March 2, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave. 704-343-9494. www.tremontmusichall.com.
Mike Epps. Movie man and standup comedian Mike Epps comes to the Q.C. for a one-night-only performance. $45 and up. March 2, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Bojangles' Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-335-3100. www.bojanglescoliseum.com.
We Are Hair Affair. In conjunction with Friends of Education and the TOJ Foundation, Da Lucky Spot Barbershop is hosting this hair show that will showcase the latest in precision cuts, techniques and hairstyles, and unite local barbers for a good cause: "To bridge the financial gap for aspiring barbers." $15. Feb. 27, 8 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Afro Chic Fashion Show. The Urban Collection presents the 2013 spring/summer-style Afro Chic Fashion Show. Musical performances by Honey Dip, DJ Unique, Rocky Spitz and The Likwid Lights, Thandiwe & Jack Morgan. DJ 300 spins. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://thecollectionshow-es2003.eventbrite.com. $20. March 1, 8 p.m. Dupp&Swat, 2424 N. Davidson St., Suite 112B. www.duppandswat.com.
Inspire Models presents their Fashion Fundraiser to benefit the Charlotte-based All We Want is Love Foundation, which fights against human trafficking. Hosted by former America's Next Top Model contestant Bianca Chardei with music by DJ Danny B. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.inspire-models.com. $25 and up. March 2, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. BMW-Ducati Motorcycles of Charlotte, 731 Westinghouse Blvd. www.bmw-ducati.com.
Mode Noir 2013. The second annual Mode Noir, produced by local boutique Elle VJ, brings awareness to sickle cell disease. For more information, visit www.modenoir.net. $25 and up. March 2, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Packard Place, 222 S. Church St.
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